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Defending Honda Classic champion Justin Thomas can't wait to tee off again at home

Defending Honda Classic champion Justin Thomas can't wait to tee off again at home

Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods calls the Honda Classic his hometown tournament, while Jupiter residents Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are proud to have won their last two "Hometown Tournaments". As Thomas prepares to defend his Honda Classic title in a few weeks, he admits that there's something to be said for competing right where you live.

"Just little things like waking up and being able to chose what you want to wear that day," reflected Thomas at Honda Classic's Media Day. "And go in your kitchen and make something, or go to the local restaurants you like. Any additional advantage or edge you can have over the field, or rest more importantly, is huge."

Those Palm Beach County PGA stars will need all the help they can get with the Honda Classic always drawing big names, including the number two player in the world, Wellington native Brooks Koepka, who committed to his hometown tournament two weeks ago. Local golf fans will find out over the next two and a half weeks if Tiger Woods join the hometown party. Although, it's not much of a party to the players, you who have to battle 'the Bear Trap' and an ultra Challenging Champions Course."

"I really try to minimize my bogeys," says Thomas. "Which I did a great job of last year. Your going to make some birdies, you may not make a lot, but you might get one day when you get hot and make 7 or 8 birdies, but for the most part you kind of spinkle in a couple and just try to inch your way up that leaderboard."

It's a strategy that never fails to create drama for the fans who attend the Honda Classic.

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